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Title: 'Death’s Proletariat': Scottish Poets of the Second World War
Author(s): Watson, Roderick
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Editor(s): Kendall, Tim
Citation: Watson R (2007) 'Death’s Proletariat': Scottish Poets of the Second World War. In: Kendall Tim (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 315-339.
Keywords: Poets of the Second World war
Scottish War poetry
G S Fraser
Robert Garioch
George Campbell Hay
Burns Singer
Hamish Henderson
Sorley MacLean
Sydney Goodsir Smith
Edwin Morgan
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: Some of the most remarkable poetry of the second world war came from Scottish poets who served in the North African campaign. While determinedly opposed to fascism, a number of them were less than fully sympathetic to the political and social system they were fighting to defend. The strangeness of the desert landscape led Hamish Henderson and Sorley MacLean to reflect on the common fate of all soldiers caught up in a global battle between rival imperial projects; while the plight of the people of North Africa led George Campbell Hay to reflect on his own roots in a Gaelic speaking community that was, in effect, a stranger in its own land and alien to its own government.
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